There are many reasons to love summer. One reason: lots and lots of sangria. With stone fruit season in full swing, what better way to enjoy those fruits than with some wine?
Sangria is perfect for summer parties and get-togethers. It’s one of my favorites because it’s so customizable. You can adjust the fruits, liquors, and flavors to your mood. Don’t worry about getting the best wine for sangria. With all the ingredients you’re adding, there is no point in splurging for the most expensive or tastiest bottle. A decent table wine will do just fine. (I found this great bottle of rose at Trader Joe’s for $6!)
Over the years, “sangria” has come to take on new meaning. Traditionally, sangria is made with red wine. Under European law, only sangria made in Spain or Portugal can be labeled such. However, here in America, sangria has no limits or bounds. It can be made with any kind of wine, any fruits and spices, and can even be made without alcohol. I used a combination of my favorite stone fruits: Rainier cherries, white peaches, white nectarines, and pluots. Feel free to experiment and use other stone fruits like apricots and plums.
I recently made this stone fruit sangria for my bff’s housewarming party. It was the perfect drink to accompany our spicy Thai meal. And after dinner, we had a whole lot of boozy fruit slices to munch on. (The alcohol soaked fruit is THE BEST part of sangria, in my opinion.)